The ultimate resort guide to skiing in Hakuba, Japan.

Skiing in Hakuba, Japan In an rapidly evolving Japanese ski town with 10 resorts to choose from it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to choosing the right mountain for you. While there is information readily available it can be time consuming trying to get an unbiased `full picture` of Hakuba`s mountains and what type …

Spring skiing in Hakuba

8 ways to get the most out of spring skiing in Hakuba, Japan

Whether confined to school or work holidays or simply set on getting as many ski trips into the season as possible, a spring ski holiday definitely has it`s quirks. While warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and perhaps less crowds are definite pluses to skiing later in the season, slushier snow and fewer open slopes are some of the drawbacks. Destination choice …

Luxury dining in Hakuba

Who said a ski holiday doesn`t have to include a great culinary experience! Hakuba can deliver on this more than most ski resorts around the world, with truly amazing seafood shipped daily from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, ramen, sushi, teppanyaki, soba, Italian, Mexican and so much more. Here are our four recommendations for the best fine dining in Hakuba. …

What ski equipment do I need, and should I rent or buy?

With such a broad range of ski equipment out there to buy and rent, deciding what you really need for your ski holiday can be a difficult market to navigate. Here is what you need to know about ski equipment & clothing. Clothing A good thermal top and bottom base layer is essential; materials such as merino wool or synthetics …

nadine robb skiing powder in hakuba

An approach to skiing powder

A couple of poles, a pair of ski tips and an almost all consuming powder cloud is usually the extent of most “Skiing in Japan” photographs. While this leaves an awful lot of skiers and boarders chomping on the bit to hop on a plane and jump into their bindings, it also leaves a good number of us scratching our …

pre-season skiing preparation

Preparation: pre-season and on the slopes

Considering the enormous number of people who ski and snowboard each year, the overall risk of injury is surprisingly low. A recent study showed that on average just over 2 people out of every 1,000 would sustain an injury that requires medical attention. So, should we prepare for ski season? Why prepare? Though we can’t prevent an incident, we can …

introducing kids to skiing in hakuba

Introducing children to skiing

Introducing skiing to a child for the first time is an exciting prospect, but carries with it the secret dread that ours might be the one laying in the middle of the piste, beating their firsts on the snow amid tears and tantrums. Here are a few tips to make skiing with children as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Make …